Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Strawberry Facts

Ever wonder why are they called STRAWberries? (provided by source):
After surfing around some I've found two common theories/legends about how this delicious fruits got their name:
The first legend says that strawberries were named in the nineteenth-century by English children who picked the fruit. As they picked, they strung them on grass straws and sold them as "Straws of berries".
Another theory is the name was derived from the nineteenth-century practice (ands still today, although most farms use raised beds, enclosed in plastic) of placing straw around the growing berry plants to protect the ripening fruit.
Personally I like the kid story better- it's cuter. !haha- in comes my girlie bias : ))

yumyum strawberry : ) what an adorable turtle!

Useless strawberry trivia that you can bust out at the next party you go to (source)!
  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.The average strawberry has 200 seeds.
  • Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
  • Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

Mother's day is coming up- I wonder if mom would feel the same if I got her a bouquet of strawberries??
  • Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, potassium
  • Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love. (aww the girlie-ness is back again!!)
Recipe TRIFLE!! My family makes this type of desert all the time.. it's VERY tastey! There are about 1001 ways to make it. Basically the key is the LAYER pound cake/ladyfingers, custard/pudding and fruit. Here's a basic recipe for you to try!! 1 lb pound cake (you can layer with Lady fingers too!)
1/3 Cup Sherry
1-2 Basket of strawberries
1-2 carton of blueberries and/or raspberries
1/2 cup of Jam (strawberry, raspberry whatever you like)
1/2 pint whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Cut pound cake in half lengthwise and trim halves to cover bottom of glass trifle dish, or a 9 inch straight sided glass bowl. Sprinkle cake with Sherry to soak, and spread cake with jam, heating jam if necessary to facilitate spreading. Slice strawberries lengthwise and place on top of jam. Add a layer of pudding on top of the berries. REPEAT.
Whip cream to soft peaks. Beat in powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff. Spread whipped cream over the trifle and garnish with strawberries.

Okay have a straw-berry-LICIOUS day : 0 )


Geraldine said...

Great photos, great post...found your blog via Nava's, I will return. Hope you also stop by Veggies...for a visit too.
Happy Mom's Day, G :)

KleoPatra said...

Love the turtle and strawberry photo! Also learned some new things about strawbs from your post - thanks!

Anonymous said...

I'm your mom, I would love a bouquet of strawberries!!!